"Loveliest of trees" - Nature seen through Music

Ref: C3126121

In this course we will look at the wide range of influences on composers and the creation of descriptive and evocative pieces. Examples used will be both familiar such as "The Lark Ascending" by Vaughan Williams and "Fingal's Caves" by Mendelssohn but also less known works by Holst, Butterworth, Bridge amongst others.

Course aim

To explore how different aspects of nature have inspired composers to write music, in particular we will look at British composers and how they have evoked the landscape in sound.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Generally expand my knowledge of composers and their music.
  • Gain an understanding of how composers can use instrumental and vocal effects to create an atmosphere.
  • Expand my knowledge and appreciation of this descriptive music.
  • Gain an appreciation of the sources of inspiration.
  • Get to know the British composers and their output in this type of music.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation

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"Loveliest of trees" - Nature seen through Music

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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